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IUTAM Symposium 2012:
"Understanding Common Aspects of Extreme Events in Fluids"

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Vanderlei S. Bagnato
Professor of Physics, Instituto de Fisica de Sao Carlos,
Univeristy of Sao Paulo, Brasil

Plenary Talk: TBA

He is an experimentalist in the field of atomic Bose-Einstein condensates. Quantized vortices and quantum turbulence have been studied chiefly in superfluid helium, but Bagnato succeeded for the first time in realising and observing quantum turbulence in atomic Bose-Einstein condensates.

His scientific work focuses in:

1. Cold atoms including better atomic clocks, cold collisions and Bose condensates.
2. Generation of vortices and their evolution to a turbulent regime.
3. New excitations of an atomic superfluid and finite size effects.

V. Bagnato

Prof. Carlo Barenghi
Applied Mathematics Group
School of Mathematics and Statistics
Newcastle University, UK

carlo DOT barenghi AT newcastle DOT ac DOT uk

Plenary Talk: TBA

Professor Barenghi has long made important theoretical contributions in the field of quantum hydrodynamics. Fellow of the American Physical Society, fellow of the Institute of Physics, member of the EPSRC College, member of the Editorial Board of J. Low Temp. Physics.

Research Interests:
Low Temperature Physics, Superfluidity, Bose-Einstein condensation, Fluid Dynamics, Vortices, Magneto-Hydrodynamics, Dynamo Theory.

C. Barenghi

Prof. John Gibbon
Professor of Applied Mathematics
Mathematics Department
Imperial College London, UK

Plenary Talk: TBA

Professor Gibbon has been in the Imperial Mathematics Department since September 1980. His research interests lie in the study of turbulence in fluid dynamics from a mainly mathematical perspective. One of the major unsolved problems of modern applied mathematics concerns the regularity of solutions of the 3D incompressible Navier-Stokes equations. Related to this is the behaviour of solutions of the incompressible 3D Euler equations. Both problems, and particularly the former, suggest that vorticity clusters on fractal-like sets. The aim is to provide a general theory of this phenomenon which has applications to many areas of physics & applied mathematics.

J. D.
Prof. Rainer Grauer
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Chair of Theoretical Physics I
Faculty for Physics and Astronomy
Bochum, Germany

Plenary Talk: TBA

Director of the Computational Plasma Physics Group at the Institute for Theoretical Physics I, University of Bochum, Professor Grauer is a world expert in computational studies of singularities in plasmas and fluids. His research addresses the three main topics in plasma physics:
1. generation and structure of cosmic magnetic fields,
2. reconnection and plasma dynamics, and
3. turbulent structures and related transport of energetic particles in cosmic magnetic fields.

The task of the appropriate, correct and efficient treatment of the above topics is assisted and ensured by the application of advanced numerical methods.


Prof. Daniel P. Lathrop
Professor of Physics and Geology,
University of Maryland, College Park, USA

lathrop AT umd DOT edu

Plenary Talk: TBA

Professor Lathrop is Director of the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics at the University of Maryland, and is currently part of the Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos group. He received the BA in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987, and the PhD in physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991. He then served at Yale University as a postdoctoral fellow, research affiliate, and lecturer. He joined the University of Maryland in 1997, the year he received a Presidential Early Career Award from the NSF.

D. Lathrop

Prof. Charles Meneveau
Louis M. Sardella Professor of Mechanical Engineering,
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Center for Environmental and Applied Fluid Mechanics, Johns Hopkins University, USA

meneveau AT jhu DOT edu

Plenary Talk: TBA

Professor Meneveau has been on the Johns Hopkins faculty since 1990 and received his BS degree from the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Valparaíso, Chile, in 1985, his PhD degree from Yale University in 1989, and during 1989/90 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford University/NASA Ames' Center for Turbulence Research. 

His area of research is focused on understanding and modeling hydrodynamic turbulence, and complexity in fluid mechanics in general, and he has authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications.  Professor Meneveau is a foreign corresponding member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics, the American Physical Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He serves as Deputy Editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Turbulence.

C. Meneveau

Dr. John Methven
Reader in Atmospheric Dynamics, Department of Meteorology,
University of Reading, UK

j DOT methven AT reading DOT ac DOT uk

Plenary Talk: TBA

Dr Methven is on the Faculty of the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading. His research covers two distinct areas:

1. The dynamics of Rossby waves including the rapid amplification of extratropical cyclones, the structure of nonlinear breaking waves and the interaction with jets. He received the L.F.Richardson Prize from the Royal Meteorological Society for this work in 2007.
2. Inter-continental transport of atmospheric constituents, such as water vapour and pollutants.

A theme common to both is the use of tracers to tag air masses and separate the effects of conservative and non-conservative processes. The research strives to analyse atmospheric dynamics through combining experiments using aircraft, numerical modelling and theoretical work on atmospheric dynamics.

J. Methven

Prof. Cédric Villani
University of Lyon & Institut Henri Poincaré, France

Plenary Talk: TBA

Fields medalist 2010 on the proof of convergence to equilibrium of solutions of Boltzmann equation. He received his doctorate at Paris Dauphine University in 1998, under the supervision of Pierre-Louis Lions, and became professor at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon in 2000. He is now professor at Lyon University. He has been the director of Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris since 2009.

He works in mathematical physics, with special interests in classical statistical mechanics in general, the kinetic theory of gases and plasmas in particular, as well as the theory of optimal transport and its avatars.

C. Villani

Prof. Vladimir Zakharov
Regents' Professor, University of Arizona, USA

Plenary Talk: TBA

Professor Zakharov is currently Regents' Professor of mathematics at The University of Arizona and director of the Mathematical Physics Sector at the Lebedev Physical Institute. He was awarded the Dirac Medal in 2003 for his contributions to the theory of turbulence, with regard to the exact results and the prediction of inverse cascades, and for "putting the theory of wave turbulence on a firm mathematical ground by finding turbulence spectra as exact solutions and solving the stability problem, and in introducing the notion of inverse and dual cascades in wave turbulence."

He has published over 250 articles on mathematical and physical aspects of nonlinear wave theory in plasmas, optics, solid state physics, hydrodynamics, oceanology, geophysics, Gauge field theory and general relativity.
According to SSCI, the total number of citations since 1985 is about 18,000, and his Hirsh index is about 60.

V. Zakharov